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A city with three love stories and very good wine

Posted on: 4th August, 2015 in The Wine Buff

The beautiful walled city of Lucca in Tuscany and its stunning piazza on the site of an ancient Roman amphitheatre, boasts great architecture, 99 churches, (strange then that it is known as ‘the city of 100 churches’) opera, (the home...

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Wine From Italy’s green and hilly heartland

Posted on: 6th July, 2015 in The Wine Buff

Umbria is known as Tuscany’s ‘gentler sister’. Like so many parts of Italy it has a fascinating history. It was originally populated by a peaceful farming tribe called the Umbrians who were later colonised by the Etruscans and later again...

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A visit to the wine region of Saint-Emilion

Posted on: 8th June, 2015 in The Wine Buff

Some years ago in April we decided to take a break from our usual Italian holidays and fly to Bordeaux. France’s fifth largest city is a jewel. Think Baroque instead of Renaissance. Always boasting of stunning classical buildings financed by...

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A Toast to West Cork

Posted on: 5th May, 2015 in The Wine Buff

When we first moved from Dublin to West Cork just short of three years ago, it did not take us too long to realise all those people waving at us from their cars were doing so out of friendliness not...

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What’s in a label?

Posted on: 7th April, 2015 in The Wine Buff

You can’t judge a book by the cover. Actually I think you can, but that’s another story! You can definitely tell a good deal about a wine by its label. To start with, I find that an attractive label is...

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Enjoying your glass of wine

Posted on: 9th March, 2015 in The Wine Buff

There are so many traditions, do’s and don’ts, relating to the enjoyment of your glass of wine, it was refreshing for me to read a leading wine writer saying something to the effect of “there are no rules and regulations...

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The extraordinary story of winemaking in the Lebanon

Posted on: 9th February, 2015 in The Wine Buff

The story of winemaking in the Lebanon has been told many times in articles, magazines and online wine blogs, but always deserves a re-telling because it is so inspiring. It is not a new story. The ancient Phoenicians who had...

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Quality German wines

Posted on: 20th January, 2015 in The Wine Buff

Quality wine, or Qualitatswein — except that on a German wine label, it doesn’t necessarily mean the wine is of good quality. Read on. Do we not drink more quality German wine because it is not available in the local...

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